Seventh Amendment

Jury Trial in Civil Lawsuits

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

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Blog Post

In defense of the jury trial

The Constitution isn't so quick to convict Dzhokar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing trial—and for good reason.

Feb 3

Educational Video

The Seventh Amendment

The Seventh Amendment protects jury trials in civil cases. In this video, Khan Academy host Kim Kutz Elliott discusses the…

Sep 6

Town Hall Video

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